Welcome our webcomic review team!

I received a lot of promising applications for the job as webcomic reviewer and I want to thank everyone who applied again. In the end, I decided to hire the following three people and I’m confident that they will write webcomic reviews with a quality you won’t find elsewhere after the discontinuation of El Santo’s famed Webcomic Overlook.

  • Robert Howard: Robert was the author of the defunct webcomic review and analysis blog tangents.us (Archive.org link) which featured extensive commentary on selected webcomics.
  • Tom Speelman: Tom is a freelance writer who has written articles and comic reviews for publications such as Comics Alliance, Sequart and The Mary Sue.
  • Elena Cordero: Elena is a rookie in the world of webcomic reviews. However, she wrote a convincing application and so I’m hopeful that she will be an excellent addition to our review team nonetheless.

I received a lot fewer applications for the position as TV Tropes article improver. If you’re interested in that position, you can still send your application to novil@gmx.de.

Paid positions open: Webcomic reviewer, Promoter

I’m looking for assistants who are either able to produce fresh content of high quality for our websites (Sandra and Woo and Gaia) or able to do some promotional work for our comics. For a start, I’m looking for people able to fill the following two positions. You must be a native speaker of English and have good writing skills for both. The ability to deliver good work by working on your own without constant supervision is very important! I will pay with PayPal.

Webcomic reviewer

Your task is to regularly write detailed reviews of other fantasy webcomics which will then be published on our website. I have written a review guideline that outlines how your review should look like. If you are interested in this position, please have a look at this guideline now! Beyond that, I’m fond of the review style seen in the discontinued webcomic review blog Webcomic Overlook.

I want to make one thing clear: I’m looking for a webcomic critic, not a webcomic fan! The quality of webcomic reviews is often poor. I want to publish good ones!

If you think that this is something for you, please send your application to novil@gmx.de. Of course it would be good if you could include an example of a similar text written by you. Please also give me your estimated charge per review. I already have a payment amount in mind, but I would like to see first if it’s way too high or low based on the applications I receive.

TV Tropes article improver

Do you know one of our two comics almost as well as I do? On top of that, are you somewhat familiar with TV Tropes? Then you could help us by expanding the articles on our comics: Sandra and Woo at TV Tropes, Gaia at TV Tropes. Of course always within the terms of TV Tropes.

Things that can be improved:

  • Add missing links to the discussed strips, characters or story arcs.
  • Add relevant new tropes. (Sandra and Woo already has a lot of listed tropes, but Gaia has very few.)
  • Improve the quality of the wording so that it’s fun to read the article.
  • Add mentions of our comic on the associated tropes pages.

I thought about paying by the hour since I have no idea how to measure the complexity of the added “chunks of information” without making a science out of it. So I will probably try out several applicants for an hour or so each and then continue to work with the ones who delivered the best work. So please include your hourly rate in your application to novil@gmx.de.

Depending on the number of applications I will receive, don’t expect any kind of answer before Monday next week.

Successful Steam Greenlight campaign for Sandra and Woo adventure!

A big “Thank you!” to all the people who voted for the Sandra and Woo adventure on Steam Greenlight! The campaign was successful and the developer team Feline Fuelled Games will now be able to sell the game on Steam at a budget price if everything goes according to plan! This is great news for all of us since Steam is by far the biggest distribution platform for indie games. Feline Fuelled Games, which is headed by mother, now has two greenlit games. Their other game, Roll-playing Game, is an arcade game inspired by Marble Madness.

The developer team is now working on the remaining main issues discussed in the campaign, in particular the quality of the animations and some character models.

The backyard of Sandra's house

Sandra and Woo adventure game now on Steam Greenlight!

Today, I have some good news for all fans of Sandra and Woo! The point-and-click adventure “Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure”, developed by Feline Fuelled Games, is now almost ready for release and you can

Vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!

Games which get enough votes on Steam Greenlight will become available for sale on the Steam platform which is an extremely important milestone for indie games such as ours. So if you’d like to see the Sandra and Woo game become a success, please cast your “Yes” vote on the page linked above. Positive comments are also helpful.

Screenshot from Sandra and Woo in The Cursed Adventure Screenshot from Sandra and Woo in The Cursed Adventure

Here is the most important info about the game if you’re not already familiar with it:

“Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure” is a classical point-and-click adventure which is about 10 hours long and consists of six chapters. There will be an English and a German version of the game, both with a professional voice-over. The graphics consist of 3D rendered models in front of hand-drawn backgrounds.

The story begins with Sandra and Woo getting sucked into a cursed PC game. Now they have to find a way to get out of it again. Fortunately, they can count on the help of Sandra’s friends Cloud and Larisa. Of course you’ll gradually learn more about the background story of this “accident”. Over the course of the game, you’ll control various characters from the comic. So while Cloud may be at his wits’ end in a certain situation, our beloved pyromaniac Larisa might have just the right idea how to solve the problem with a little more destructive approach.

If you want to know more about the game, you can find additional info and screenshots on the game’s website.

Results of the artwork contest 2015 – Top 10

It’s time! Time to post the top 10 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest 2015! If you haven’t done so already, also check out the submissions placed between position #11 and #25 and the other submissions we received.

With 9 pieces out of 10, the top 10 are dominated by Sandra and Woo related pieces of artwork this year. Although Gaia is almost as popular as Sandra and Woo among our readers, the best and most creative artists overwhelmingly decided to draw Sandra and Woo characters this year. And all of these 9 entries feature Woo! While I would have liked to see more Gaia related work in the top 10, I had to rate the quality of each entry independently from the nature of the other entries. Anything else would have been unfair in one way or the other.

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size in a week or so.

The submissions are ordered from place 10 to 1. Since they were completely equal in quality in my eyes, I decided to place two submissions on position #3 as well as on #5. The artists on #3 will receive a prize money of ($150 + $125) / 2 = $137.50 and the artists on #5 will receive ($100 + $75) / 2 = $87.50.

Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or by writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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